His was my favorite story to come out of the Vancouver Olympics, the story of how he drew inspiration from his brother's struggle with cerebral palsy to become the first Canadian to win gold in a home Olympics. Well do I remember, four years ago, watching from home and cheering him on.
He's returned to compete in these Olympics, and it's wonderful to have the opportunity to revisit him and his brother and see what they've been up to over the last four years. Watching Frederic Bilodeau struggle with everyday tasks, and Alex patiently assist and support him, really helps to put things back into perspective and remind one about what's really important, not only in the Games but in life in general
I just feel so privileged, first of all, to have been able to cheer Alex on once more as I watched him successfully defend his gold medal. But even more so, I feel privileged to be able to watch him share his victory with his brother, and to witness the love and devotion between the two of them.
Alex Bilodeau is the first freestyle skier in Olympic history to win two consecutive gold medals. And I don't think it could have happened to a nicer guy.